John L. Micek

Under Trump, It’s Easy To Like Ike | John L. Micek

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The golf clubs in the laundry room at the rear of Dwight Eisenhower’s farmhouse here are perched and ready, as if the… Continue reading

 

The Trump Show Returns to Pennsylvania | John L. Micek

WILKES-BARRE TWP, Pa. - In a test of his election year clout, President Donald Trump returned a familiar electoral battleground this week to try to… Continue reading

 

In Doing Nothing, Sometimes, You Do Everything | John L. Micek

SOMEWHERE ALONG LONG ISLAND SOUND - From my beach chair, there’s a strong wind blowing in from across the water, rippling the pages of my… Continue reading

 

New Polling Shows More Trouble for Republicans | John L. Micek

In case national Republicans needed another reminder of the power of women at the ballot box, pollsters at Quinnipiac University just handed it to them.… Continue reading

Jeffrey Lord, Off CNN, Still Defending Trump | John L. Micek

EAST PENNSBORO, Pa. - The rest of official Washington might be in free-fall over President Donald Trump’s Bizzaro-World press conference in Helsinki with Russian strongman… Continue reading

Congress Too Weak to Stop Trade War | John L. Micek

You may not have noticed it amid the White House’s bluster on NATO this week, but Congress utterly face-planted in its effort to rein in… Continue reading

Journalists Aren’t So Different From Our Readers | John L. Micek

If you stay in the news business long enough, you’re inevitably going to run into a reader who has a grievance — sometimes legitimate, sometimes… Continue reading

Let Sarah Sanders Eat in Peace | John L. Micek

You’d think a pan-seared pork chop wouldn’t come freighted with political baggage. But politics, and that pork chop ($28, with Wades Mill Goat cheese grits,… Continue reading

Trump Wants Credit. Don’t Give Him Any | John L. Micek

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., thought reports of children being brutally separated from their parents at the United States’ southern border with… Continue reading

Trumpian Values on Display Both Here and Abroad | John L. Micek

Even as he cozied up to an evil dictator who routinely murders, starves and imprisons his own people, President Donald Trump’s White House made its… Continue reading

Sadly, Roseanne is a Victim to Some | John L. Micek

Words matter. What we say to each other, how we treat each other matters. There are basic norms of civilized behavior, outside the realm of… Continue reading

Once Again, Trump Goes After His Own Voters | John L. Micek

In the great din and clatter in our nationwide argument over abortion, it’s always struck me that the warring sides actually agree on a couple… Continue reading

Trump-Approved Candidate in Trouble in Pennsylvania | John L. Micek

Sometimes, even when you win, you lose. Just ask U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa. Instead of basking in the reflected glow of his primary victory… Continue reading

For a Builder, Trump Likes Wrecking Stuff | John L. Micek

For a man who likes to brag about what a big builder he is, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time burning stuff down.… Continue reading

Swamp Drained? How, Exactly? | John L. Micek

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican who hails from northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, likes to brag about the fact he was one of his state’s… Continue reading

No, I Don’t Hate Conservatives. I Disagree With Them | John L. Micek

Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate… Continue reading

Congress Not Up to the Task of Taking On Facebook | John L. Micek

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when… Continue reading

Sinclair’s Pro-Trump Bent Deserves Scorn. Its Anchors Do Not | John L. Micek

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the script that news anchors, at stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, have been forced to… Continue reading

Small Change By Trump Could Have Huge Impact | John L. Micek

On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department announced something that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: It will include a question about citizenship on… Continue reading

Conservative Justice Gave Democrats a Path Back to Power | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of… Continue reading